nhl-buffalo-northtown.JPG14 teams from across the U.S. to compete; Buffalo has become a hotbed for this inspiring sport WHO: Jim Smith, Treasurer, USA Hockey J.J. O'Connor, Disabled Chairperson, USA Hockey Norman Page, USA Hockey Eric Guzdek, Northtown Center at Amherst Brad Waltz, Northtown Center at Amherst Bob Schell, Secretary, Amherst Youth Hockey Guy Marlette, Council Member, Town of Amherst Pete Harvey, Director of Sport Development, Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission WHAT: Press event to announce the start of the NHL Sled Hockey Classic WHERE: Northtown Center at Amherst, 1615 Amherst Manor Drive, Williamsville, N.Y. WHEN: TOMORROW, Friday, Nov. 9, 10:30 a.m. WHY: The NHL hockey season may be on hold, but some inspiring athletes are about to take the ice when the Northtown Center at Amherst hosts the NHL Sled Hockey Classic from Nov. 9 to 11.The tournament will feature 14 sled hockey teams sponsored by NHL teams, including several teams comprised of U.S. military veterans. The public is invited to attend the tournament and admission is free. The schedule is as follows: ? Friday, Nov. 9: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. ? Saturday, Nov. 10: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ? Sunday, Nov. 11: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sled hockey is a fast-paced, hard-hitting sport played by athletes who use a pair of short hockey sticks to handle pucks and propel themselves on special hockey sleds, rather than the skates used in stand-up hockey. In recent years, Western New York has proven to be a sled hockey hotbed, as three of the current national team players hail from the region. In addition, USA Sled Hockey will hold training camps for the national team at the Northtown Center at Amherst in February and March 2013 to gear up for the 2013 Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships in Korea in April. The tournament is sponsored by USA Sled Hockey, the Buffalo Sabres, the Northtown Center at Amherst and the Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission, a subsidiary of Visit Buffalo Niagara. The Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission is a subsidiary of Visit Buffalo Niagara that promotes Buffalo and Erie County nationally and internationally as a premier sports tourism destination for the economic benefit of the community by boosting hotel occupancy and encouraging visitor spending.


Contacts: Norman Page USA Hockey 716-984-2585 npsp9@aol.com   Peter Burakowski Visit Buffalo Niagara 716-218-2922 burakowski@visitbuffaloniagara.com